Which virus-specific lab studies are used for the diagnosis of parainfluenza virus (PIV) pneumonia?

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
  • Author: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Parainfluenza can be isolated in cell culture (various kidney cell lines), preferably from nasal secretions. Isolation of this virus is strong evidence of its infection. PCR is more sensitive and rapid for detection and is also available in the single multiplex assay.


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